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Partying with the enemy: Drilon frowns on PDP-Laban’s socials with Chinese leaders


The joint celebration of the 36th founding anniversary of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban), and launch of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s book leaves a “bad taste” in the mouth.

Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon made the remark on Wednesday considering that “we are now seeing the most aggressive military build-up by China in the disputed waters of West Philippine Sea with the Philippine government disturbingly quiet.”

“While the Philippines’ ruling party mouths the need for deeper exchanges and cooperation for sound progress of the two nations, let us not stray from the reality that this is the same government that keeps violating international standards of laws and rules,” he said.

Drilon stressed that China “has turned a blind eye and deaf ears to our appeals and diplomatic initiatives, while continuing its aggression in the disputed waters.”

“Propriety dictates that we should be more judicious of the people we choose to invite to wine and dine. Is this a celebration of our subservience, docility, and surrender?” he said.

The ruling PDP Laban celebrated its 36th anniversary at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City on Tuesday in an affair graced by some of the country’s highest officials.

Senate President Koko Pimentel, the Party’s president, along with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the Party’s secretary general and vice chairman, respectively, led over 200 members in the celebration.

As part of the Party’s support for Duterte’s independent foreign policy, it established party-to-party relations with United Russia and the Communist Party of China (CPC), with PDP-Laban celebrating the 1st Anniversary of its Cooperation Agreement with the latter at the same time as the Party’s founding anniversary.

Pimentel thanked the cadres of the Party, who led the basic membership seminars, training, and recruitment in the grassroots.

The anniversary event was attended by a delegation from the Communist Party of China (CPC), led by Vice Minister Guo Yezhou, as part of the concurrent celebration of the anniversary of the agreement between PDP-Laban and the CPC.

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